We’re in the home stretch, folks!1 Here’s the plot for the final 1500 words. I found my way back to the original plot somewhere along the line and this is actually pretty accurate to what’s on the page.
As always, I would appreciate it if you read the story section before this section.1As always, this is entirely unedited except to turn my words red and Mr. Dent’s black.
If you’re following along with the story, you’ll note that I’m INCREDIBLY off-track here. Like, I’m barely even close.
but you do you, my friend↩
Interestingly 2, this time around I really want to go back and re-write this section of the story. It hews more closely to the original outline, but re-reading the outline I’ve realized just how much of the actual formula I missed–the beats and character choices that are key to Dent’s formula that I laid out here, then dropped when it came to actually writing the story.
Here’s where I plotted out the first 1500 words. Of course, I would prefer it if you read those 1500 (…ish) words before you read this mess, but I ain’t the boss of you. I’ve copied Mr. Dent’s outline here, using it as a form of sorts. His words are in black, mine are in red.
This is the first stage of The Lester Dent Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot, a template which I urge you to read before reading this post. It’s a real delight, both as a writers’ guideline and as a historical document (one that calls stories “yarns” and writers “pulpateers”).
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